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As the human population continues to grow and consumerism shows no signs of abating, the technosphere expands, causing pollution, contamination and resource depletion, further upsetting the delicate natural balance that keeps our planet habitable for humans and other life forms.
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I can still remember my first real Christmas. I was in fourth grade and came home from school carrying a construction-paper garland that I made in class for my Christmas tree. There was just one problem, I didn't have a Christmas tree. My thought a tree was a waste of money, and besides, we were Hindus.
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My mom has been making this fruit cake since I was a little girl. It is moist, rich, dense, gluten-free and dairy-free! Even though I am not a huge fruit cake person myself, make people enjoy this when I give it to them as gift! I find as I get older, I love to give people things I have MADE as opposed to more 'stuff.'
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I think Carrie Bradshaw said it best: "Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you w...
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I love, love, love the holiday season, but I do not enjoy all the additional stuff it brings into my home. If you're looking to spread the holiday cheer without adding clutter, you're going to need a strategy to deal with all of those things without your home looking like a department store.
What Italians eat for the holidays. From the AOL Partner Studio
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It was a heartwarming surprise.
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Susan was a fellow office manager. She was given a budget to decorate for Christmas. As she transformed our offices with green and tinsel, she also loudly voiced what a waste of time and money it was. She even complained about the lunch-time Christmas party on Christmas Eve when we could leave early. Oh, for crying out loud!
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You don't need to fix your problems because Christmas is coming. You need to fix them because they're chipping away at your happiness and well-being, and they're probably chipping away at the happiness and well-being of your kids, too.
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Dreaming of a white Christmas? We're getting a jump on it with these deliciously creamy and dreamy white chocolate recipes. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to get baking and indulge in yummy desserts that will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
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The truth is that you don't have to be an expert host to leave a lasting impression on your guests, which is why I'm sharing my must-have entertaining essentials and pro tips to ensure you'll be ready to tackle anything the holidays might throw your way!
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The tree even has its own Twitter account.
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In 2013, when the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, thousands of people were made homeless and to this date, still can't celebrate Christmas like they used to. But despite poverty and hard times, Filipinos always find a way to give gifts and celebrate. Many charities, like World Vision, continue to work with the people in the country to rehabilitate and rebuild.
When we think about holiday spending, often our thoughts turn to how much we will be spending on gifts for the kids, close friends and family. We might even have a budget and spending limits set for e...
Holiday entertaining isn't about things being perfect. It's about finding time to be with the ones you love. So to help you embrace the chaos of real life we've got tips for how you can transform your home into an aroma-filled holiday oasis in a few easy steps. Now you'll have them so focused on how great your house smells, they won't notice anything else!
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Managing your Christmas Stress is all about eliminating the things that create emotional, mental or emotions stress. And, when you keep your holiday expectations in check, you are more likely to create a Merry Christmas that ends stress free.
Ah, holy hell. It's holiday gift giving time. And if you're a slacker like me, that means a last minute rush. As if having to roast an overstuffed bloated bird while squabbling children run underfoot...
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We like to spice things up a bit...especially during the holiday season. So this year we've decided to bring one of our favourite spices into the spotlight, and we have a feeling that you will be doing the same after you see all of the deliciousness we have in store for you!
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Five reasons we're spending the holiday season in Quebec City. From the AOL Partner Studio
We've put together a list of our Top 10 Holiday Drinks that will turn you into the hostess with the most-ess this year as you welcome family and friends. Whether you're hosting a large get-together or a cozy night by the fire, there's something on this list for every occasion that will surely make it extra special and oh-so-delicious!
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The best part about this gift list is that everything on it is EDIBLE. You heard that right. No need to walk around the mall frantically searching and waiting in lines...all it takes is your awesome self, the kitchen and a few delicious ingredients.
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It's that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner. So what's the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it's just a couple of pounds? Well, the fact is those pounds can add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in your overall weight.
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I love finding new places to visit and exploring new parts of cities. Recently, I was lucky enough to learn about some new fun activities to try in Toronto in the winter!
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Ways to make this holiday season the best ever. From the AOL Partner Studio
The holiday season is fast approaching and one of the ways I've marked its arrival over the years is with the Santa Claus Parade . It's a tradition in our family every year to go and watch the Santa C...
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It's that time of year again!
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Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a drag. It's easy to feel overwhelmed when creating your list and checking it twice, but the experience of picking out all of those special gifts should be remembered not hated. These four cities across the United States offer holiday cheer, world-renowned shops, and plenty of attractions for when the shopping is done.
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We can be steeped in tradition and obligation and feel overwhelmed by the expectations family holidays can bring. There may be that feeling that someone else is driving what we feel is expected of us during a holiday celebration. Could be family, friends or neighbours.
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The holidays are a time to gather around a table with family or friends and chomp down on a delicious meal. But it could ruin your social game (and conscience) if you and your loved ones get sick because of the food you served.
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Instead of drawing a forgone conclusion that you'll spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just because it's the holidays -- let's find another way. No one likes the impending debt emergency in the new year. To avoid spending beyond your means, now is the perfect time to get your financial house in order and save for the holidays.
Hands up if you spent more than you wanted to this past holiday. From gifts to entertaining to travel, it's easy to get swept up in the holiday spirit and dole out more cash than you first intended to. Now the credit card bills have started to arrive and you may be wondering where the extra money will come from?
This was the fourth Christmas with Amanda gone. It feels just like the first one with the deep sighs and sadness. I personally am not feeling that it gets easier with each year going by because the loss is still there. It's not about forgetting or getting over it. It's about missing someone you loved. Yes certainly, we have other family that we love and care about. And we don't love them any less. My experiences this Christmas season have been phenomenal for giving back. Some on my own and some with Amanda's legacy.